On the margins of the 2nd Meeting of the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Hon. Aden Duale held bilateral discussions with his counterpart, the Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
IMCTC brought together Defence Ministers from 42 countries spread across the globe to develop frameworks and policies that can bolster efforts to suppress and degrade terror-related activities
To achieve its mandate effectively, IMCTC has adopted key approaches to counter-terrorism among them ideology, communications, counter-terrorist financing, and military domains as well as redoubling the efforts of its Member Countries to track terrorist groups around the world.
Hon Duale disclosed that the two friendly States, are at advanced stages of formulating a robust Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) to guide military cooperation between them.
Kenya and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia share common threats to security among them terrorism and violent extremism. This has created the need to foster cordial relations and enhanced information sharing to degrade such threats.
Such collaborations are critical in enhancing military training and capacity building for the troops.
As an anchor State in the region, Kenya continues to champion the integration, peace, and stability in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region for economic prosperity.
During the meeting, CS Duale was accompanied by Colonel Aden Mohamed, Kenya’s representative at the Islamic Military Counter-Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), and Colonel Benson Njogu.